London: With the 2012 London Games less than three weeks away, a book has exposed that during the event the Olympic Village becomes a party-zone where athletes indulge in wild sex, drinking and drugs.
According to the anonymously authored expose, ‘The Secret Olympics’, written by a former British competitor, it’s always a struggle keeping booze and condoms in strong supply.
According to the author, organisers at the 2000 Sydney Olympics had supplied 70,000 condoms to athletes, but the stockpile ran out within a week.
An anonymously authored expose, The Secret Olympics, says it's always a struggle keeping booze and condoms in strong supply.
While alcohol and drugs are banned at Olympic Villages, competitors often fill water bottles with booze and smuggle in weed and doping agents, the book alleges.
Though officials don’t condone such behaviour, they don’t condemn it either, and the only thing that matters is that the image of the Olympics remains unsullied.
"What happens in the Village stays in the Village," the New York Post quoted the anonymous author as writing.
"No matter what your type, the Olympic Village can cater to it, providing the best physical examples on earth," the former British male athlete claimed in his book.
"Having completed competition, the athletes need to do something else to burn off their boundless energy. Like thoroughbred horses which haven't had a run for a while, they get frisky."
Olympic Villages are vast, pre-fab communities, divided into smaller subdivisions by nation.
The United States’ area even has a 24-hour McDonald’s as well as sponsored beer halls.
Everything is free including the unlimited supply of condoms, stamped with sports-specific logos.
Olympians, however, say that the insatiable demand for condoms is a giant practical joke.
"It’s a tradition — taking so many that they have to replace them," Todd Lodwick, the 35-year-old-five-time Olympic Nordic combined athlete and a two-time gold medallist, said.
"It’s a myth: ‘Oh, look at all the sex these Olympians are having!’" he added.